Dozens of middle school and high school girls from the Lackawanna County area descended on Johnson College in Scranton on Thursday, March 22 to learn about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math from the experts themselves – women in STEM.
The Empowering Pride campaign, started by PPL’s business resource group FUSE, encourages LGBTQ+ employees to promote bravery and openness by sharing their stories while their allies offer messages of support.
Kathleen Oswalt, PPL employee and president of FUSE, the employee-led business resource group for LGBTQ employees and their allies, is leading the charge to empower pride in others by sharing her personal journey to love, acceptance and happiness.
Those who molded and mentored me and allowed me to shadow them up to this point. I’d like to become that person in someone else’s life, helping them to find their way by offering guidance and support.
Even the most open-minded, well-intentioned people can fall victim to making snap judgments that aren’t aligned with their core values and beliefs. And those quick decisions, although not intended, could prevent others from getting a fair shake. That’s the main message behind the Check Your Blind Spots mobile tour.
On June 12, FUSE, PPL’s employee-led business resource group, brought together nearly 50 PPL employees, leaders and members of the community for a lunch and learn to highlight what it means to be transgender. The event featured speaker Madeline Marquardt, owner and president of Ephektiv, Inc., who spoke about her personal journey as a transgender woman.
Obando-Derstine was once a shy and quiet girl – a native Colombian and Spanish speaker in a New Jersey school filled with English-speaking students. A teacher took Obando-Derstine under her wing in kindergarten, boosting the girl’s confidence and teaching her English. That teacher and other role models along the way laid the foundation for the leader Obando-Derstine would eventually become.